Ford is embarking on a rigorous testing tour of Europe with its new zero-emissions Ford Focus Fuel Cell Vehicle, culminating in an appearance at the British International Motor Show in Birmingham.
Ford’s most advanced environmental vehicle ever combines the latest hybrid electric vehicle technology and leading edge fuel cell development with the world's best-selling car.
The Focus FCV is the motor industry's first hybridized fuel cell vehicle, bringing together the improved range and performance of hybrid technology with the overall benefits of a fuel cell.
First outing for the car will be the Michelin Bibendum Challenge, a rally for environmentally friendly vehicles, which begins in the German city of Heidelberg on 22 September and runs to Paris. The Focus FCV will then appear at the Paris Motor Show, before appearing at the British International Motor Show on 23 October.
Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, Ford vice president, research, said: "The Ford Focus FCV is our most advanced environmental vehicle ever and gives a clear demonstration of future direction. There are still many hurdles before us, but we do believe fuel cells are the only technology with the potential some day to replace the internal combustion engine, without compromising on today's performance and functionality."
During its test program the Focus FCV is expected to demonstrate its 160-200 mile (250-320 kms) operating range, a significant improvement on previous fuel cell vehicles, which typically achieved a maximum range of 100 miles or less. The Focus FCV's performance levels compare with a more conventional saloon with a top speed of 80mph.Published 29 August 2002